Mr S.K. Boafo, the Board Chairman of the Minerals Commission, gave the assurance when Members of the Commission’s Board paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Ada, Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III and the Traditional Council, at Ada.
Mr Boafo noted that, it was about time all parties in the area came together to resolve issues around the salt industry to pave way for government to step in to ensure the exploitation of the resources in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the area, especially job creation and development.
He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was very particular about the development of the area and was fully behind the Minerals Commission Board in ensuring the utilization of the salt deposits in Ada-Songor to spur growth and development.
Speaking on behalf of the Paramount Chief, the Secretary to the Traditional Council, recalled the Council’s meeting with the President in August, last year, during which he assured them of his commitment to the development of the Ada Songor salt.
He said the President informed them that an appropriate body would call on the leadership of the Area to deliberate on the matter.
He noted that the Board’s visit was in fulfillment of the President’s promise and expressed the gratitude of the Traditional Council to the President and the Board for calling on the Traditional Council.
He said for several years, the Ada Songor salt winning has been a major economic activity for the people of the area and other Ghanaians, especially during the dry season when farming activities is low.
Other members of the Traditional Council expressed concern about the illegal salt winning going on in the area and sought the Boards assistance to end the practice.
On his part, the CEO of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Addae Antwi-Boasiako, noted that, that the new Board was currently reviewing the whole minerals sector to identify the challenges and opportunities present, to develop a comprehensive and sustainable system for the regulation of the industry.
He said the re-categorization of the various minerals would be done to ensure that every mineral received the necessary attention it required to be developed.
He said that the visit by the Board to hear from the traditional leadership was a step in that direction.